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Assistant Professor of English (Technical Communication)

Sam Houston State University

Last Updated: 9/22/21

Job Description

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Position Title Assistant Professor of English (Technical Communication)
Requisition 202100105F
Rank Assistant Professor
FLSA status Exempt
Hiring Salary Commensurate with education and experience.
Position Category
Position Type Full-Time Tenure Track
College College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Department Dept of English
Open Date 09/02/2021
Quicklink
Contact Name Dr. Brandon Strubberg
Title Assistant Professor/Director of Technical Communication
Contact Phone [Register to View]
Contact Email strubberg@shsu.edu
Duties Performed in the Usual Course of the Job The chosen candidate will teach three courses per semester (face-to-face and online) and support SHSU’s growing program in Technical Communication. Activities will include:
    • Teaching the technical-writing service course, which is required by more than 20 majors on campus.
    • Teaching upper-level and graduate courses in design, style, digital literacies, proposal writing, ethics, editing, and intercultural technical communication (among others).
    • Teaching in the online Master of Arts in Technical Communication.
    • Cultivating and maintaining a research agenda.
    • Supporting the program, department, college, and university through service.

Educational Requirements for the Position An earned PhD in Technical Communication, Professional Writing, or related field by August 21, 2022.
Experience Required for the Position
  • Experience teaching (as the instructor of record) college-level courses in Technical Communication.
  • Willingness and desire to teach Technical Communication in an online setting (preference given to those with online teaching experience).
  • Evidence of excellent communication skills.
Other Requirements for the Position In addition, desirable candidates will demonstrate the following:
  • Evidence of an active research agenda that represents a diverse stance on and approach to technical communication. Areas of need include transcultural communication; experience architecture; content management; grant and proposal writing; or similar.
  • Experience working in a professional capacity in a communication field.
Special Instructions Summary SHSU’s growing program in Technical Communication is housed within the department of English. The program hosts a junior-level service course, ENGL 3330 Introduction to Technical Writing, which instructs approximately 800 students per semester. The minor and undergraduate certificate in technical and professional writing have experienced significant growth in recent years, with approximately 50 students currently enrolled. The online MA program in Technical communication launched in Fall 2019 to great demand and graduated its first cohort of students in Summer 2021. The program in Technical Communication collaborates closely with the nationally recognized SHSU Online to deliver high-quality online learning to students around the world. Demand for the technical communication curriculum continues to increase, and this new faculty line will be the fourth tenure-track hire for the program in the last five years.

Faculty in Technical Communication teach in computer-based classrooms and have access to the Iris Technical-Communication Suite. This creative space provides faculty and students with industry-standard technologies in audio, video, print, and digital document production. Iris features the following tools:
    • Professional sound booth.
    • 3-D printer.
    • Audio/video workstations.
    • Collaborative spaces.
    • Document folding and binding equipment.
    • Photography tools, including DSLR cameras, green screens, and softbox lighting.
    • Mobile productivity devices, such as iPad Pros, GoPro camera, drone, and smartphone gimbals.


The College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Sam Houston State University is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the academic community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The college supports extended efforts through an active and funded diversity and inclusion committee.

The Houston metropolitan region is among the most culturally diverse in the nation, and the student body at SHSU reflects that diversity. Forty-five percent of students at SHSU are first-gen. Nearly twenty-five percent of SHSU students are Hispanic, and the university has recently been identified as a national leader for Latino student success. The university has a large contingent of military veterans, and G.I. Jobs, an organization dedicated to aiding vets in their transition from military to civilian life, has recognized SHSU Online as a Military Friendly School. The field of technical communication benefits from such varying perspectives and experiences. The program in Technical Communication at SHSU recognizes the longtime homogeneity of most traditional English departments, including our own. Consequently, the program seeks to ensure that our students’ diversity is represented in the faculty who mentor them. The college, department, and program welcome applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community.

Interested applicants should apply online at http://shsu.peopleadmin.com. The application requires the following materials:
  • Letter of interest that includes the scope of the applicant’s research, teaching, and professional experiences and goals as they relate to the program in Technical Communication at SHSU and the students we serve.
  • Statement of teaching philosophy.
  • Statement of diversity and inclusion, specifically addressing qualifications and strategies for engaging students at SHSU.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • A brief sample of professional-quality work in technical communication or a closely related field (print, digital, audio, visual, video, etc.).
  • Contact information for three professional and/or academic references (finalists for the position will be required to submit letters of recommendation).
  • Academic transcript for terminal degree (applicants may submit an unofficial transcript for initial screening, but all official academic transcripts are required for credential review prior to hiring).
  • For ABD applicants: A letter from your dissertation director confirming that the PhD will be conferred by August 21, 2022.

Inquiries should be directed to: Dr. Brandon Strubberg, Director of Technical Communication strubberg@shsu.edu [Register to View] Review of materials will begin October 15, 2021; incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Open Until Filled Yes
EEO Statement

Sam Houston State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity or expression. Sam Houston State University is an “at will” employer. Employees with a contract will have additional terms and conditions. Security sensitive positions at SHSU require background checks in accordance with Education Code § 51.215.

Please see Special Instructions for more details. SHSU’s growing program in Technical Communication is housed within the department of English. The program hosts a junior-level service course, ENGL 3330 Introduction to Technical Writing, which instructs approximately 800 students per semester. The minor and undergraduate certificate in technical and professional writing have experienced significant growth in recent years, with approximately 50 students currently enrolled. The online MA program in Technical communication launched in Fall 2019 to great demand and graduated its first cohort of students in Summer 2021. The program in Technical Communication collaborates closely with the nationally recognized SHSU Online to deliver high-quality online learning to students around the world. Demand for the technical communication curriculum continues to increase, and this new faculty line will be the fourth tenure-track hire for the program in the last five years.

Faculty in Technical Communication teach in computer-based classrooms and have access to the Iris Technical-Communication Suite. This creative space provides faculty and students with industry-standard technologies in audio, video, print, and digital document production. Iris features the following tools:
  • Professional sound booth.
  • 3-D printer.
  • Audio/video workstations.
  • Collaborative spaces.
  • Document folding and binding equipment.
  • Photography tools, including DSLR cameras, green screens, and softbox lighting.
  • Mobile productivity devices, such as iPad Pros, GoPro camera, drone, and smartphone gimbals.

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Sam Houston State University is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the academic community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The college supports extended efforts through an active and funded diversity and inclusion committee.

The Houston metropolitan region is among the most culturally diverse in the nation, and the student body at SHSU reflects that diversity. Forty-five percent of students at SHSU are first-gen. Nearly twenty-five percent of SHSU students are Hispanic, and the university has recently been identified as a national leader for Latino student success. The university has a large contingent of military veterans, and G.I. Jobs, an organization dedicated to aiding vets in their transition from military to civilian life, has recognized SHSU Online as a Military Friendly School. The field of technical communication benefits from such varying perspectives and experiences. The program in Technical Communication at SHSU recognizes the longtime homogeneity of most traditional English departments, including our own. Consequently, the program seeks to ensure that our students’ diversity is represented in the faculty who mentor them. The college, department, and program welcome applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community.

Interested applicants should apply online at http://shsu.peopleadmin.com. The application requires the following materials:
  • Letter of interest that includes the scope of the applicant’s research, teaching, and professional experiences and goals as they relate to the program in Technical Communication at SHSU and the students we serve.
  • Statement of teaching philosophy.
  • Statement of diversity and inclusion, specifically addressing qualifications and strategies for engaging students at SHSU.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • A brief sample of professional-quality work in technical communication or a closely related field (print, digital, audio, visual, video, etc.).
  • Contact information for three professional and/or academic references (finalists for the position will be required to submit letters of recommendation).
  • Academic transcript for terminal degree (applicants may submit an unofficial transcript for initial screening, but all official academic transcripts are required for credential review prior to hiring).
  • For ABD applicants: A letter from your dissertation director confirming that the PhD will be conferred by August 21, 2022.

Inquiries should be directed to: Dr. Brandon Strubberg, Director of Technical Communication strubberg@shsu.edu [Register to View] Review of materials will begin October 15, 2021; incomplete applications will not be reviewed.



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